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Video shows bird's eye view of algae over Lake O

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Video shows bird's eye view of algae over Lake O (Courtesy: Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch)

"Not until you get in the air do you witness the true horror that is around us."

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch is talking about the algae covering Lake Okeechobee. She takes video while her husband flies over the lake.

"It's overwhelming what you see when you’re out there," she said. "You’re in an airplane at 2,000 feet, almost going 200 miles an hour, and it’s just like you’re watching the pages of an old book flip with the same image again and again and again."

The same image of green, but Thurlow-Lippisch said the video doesn't even do it justice.

"The images are always washed out a little bit," sh said. "They’re never bright, but I never change them because I think that’s wrong. I post what my phone tapes."

And even then, the images are shocking. That's why Thurlow-Lippisch said she does it, to show others what the Treasure Coast is dealing with.

"I’ve seen the demise of the waters in my lifetime and I feel like it’s my job to fight to bring it back ," she said.

Thurlow-Lippisch grew up in Sewall's Point, which she calls "ground zero" since it's a peninsula with the St. Lucie River on one side and the Indian River Lagoon on the other. She said she just wants others to enjoy what she did growing up.

"It's very hard to not get depressed about the whole situation," she said. "Let’s be real. As a young child, I swam in these waters, collecting shells and horseshoe crabs and tried not to step on the sea grass. Now there is no sea grass and there are no horseshoe crabs and not many fish."

Thurlow-Lippisch has been very vocal for the last five years, but she said now is the time because people are actually listening and it's an election year. She said politicians are fighting for air time over the issue, but she'll take it because it's getting action.

"It’s becoming more of a political issue and it needs to be a political issue in order of things to change," she said.

Thurlow-Lippisch said she will continue to fight for her home, along with many others.

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